Iran’s Navy has announced the mass production of the self designed and submarine-launched “Jask” cruise missile along with unveiling a handful of other military projects and technological achievements.
Navy chief Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi announced that all of the force’s submarines will be equipped with the weapon and that the missile’s current range will be improved “substantially” in the future.
The commander added that the weapon, developed as part of the “Jask-2 project”, will allow the Navy to hit targets across long ranges. The missile “will surely be a serious surprise for the Zionist enemies.
Another project dubbed “Jask-3” is also under development, Khanzadi said. The project will allow a wider variety of missile capabilities to be used in submarines.
Also five other military projects and achievements, comprising the sea-launched “Pelikan” drone, the “Sadaf-2” naval mine, the “Soren” positioning system, the “Balaban” guided bomb and the “Loqman” training vessel, were also unveiled.
Among the unveiled projects, the Soren positioning system will allow Iranian submarines to obtain tracking information without using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, while operating discreetly underwater.
The Pelikan drone also incorporates four vertical-flight motors in order to allow the drone to take off and and vertically on military vessels in order to preform maritime patrol operations from ships.
A joint naval exercise between Iran, Russia and China will be held in the Indian Ocean next month, to address maritime piracy in the Indian Ocean. The Iranian Navy was ready to visit “any port” which it is invited to, “be it in the Gulf of Mexico or [Gulf of] Finland” northwest of Russia.
Rear Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi, Iranian Army’s deputy commander, said that Iran will respond to elements behind terrorist attacks which have targeted its tankers in the Red Sea in the past months “in an appropriate time and location”
Mousavi added that Iran has documents indicating which elements have been behind the attacks. The remarks comes as a series of attacks have targeted Iranian tankers in the past months.
Iran’s Happiness-1 faced “engine failure” off Jeddah in April and was later transferred to the Saudi port city for maintenance. Iranian officials also said in August that another oil tanker, the Helm, faced a technical failure due to sabotage while passing through the Red Sea.
Last month, Iran’s SABITI tanker was also by two separate explosions near the Saudi port city of Jeddah. The blasts caused an oil spill that was stopped shortly after.
Global Security Organization / ABC Flash Point News 2019.